House Passes Major Fix to School Finance System

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Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, addressed municipal coverage through a proposed amendment that largely would have restored the House requirements for municipalities.

Abbott was noncommittal over a bill passed by Texas Senate in March that mimicked the original North Carolina law.

It would require school districts to begin testing later in the year, eliminate requirements that students take four end-of-course tests in high school and allow students who do well enough on college-entrance and other advanced national exams to skip some state tests.

Jimmy Flannigan, Austin's first openly gay city council member, said that the discrimination embodied by HB 2899 goes against Texas values. He said the definitions of gender and gender identity in local nondiscrimination ordinances varies from city to city, creating "a patchwork of inconsistency throughout the state of Texas".

The House Public Education Committee voted 10-1 to approve Chairman Dan Huberty's school finance bill, which would mean gains for most, but major losses for some.

State Representatives are prepared to pull an all-nighter at the Capitol Wednesday with hundreds of people signed up to speak on the House's version of a so-called bathroom bill. It works to equalize how much state money school districts across Texas receive.

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"We have a chance to fix the school finance system in the state of Texas".

The Texas Supreme Court ruled previous year that the school finance system was in need of serious reform, but ultimately constitutional.

"While our system is lawful, it is bad", he added.

Opponents in the business community have released several studies warning that Texas faces an economic backlash of billions of dollars if the state passes any version of a bathroom bill although Republicans backers have dismissed those numbers with skepticism. They anxious it creates policy when there is no guarantee the Legislature will pass adequate funding to cover it as the House and Senate continue to hammer out the 2018-2019 state budget before the legislative session ends next month.

"And we thought that was the wrong approach". He tried to derail the entire bill using a House legislative maneuver, but was unsuccessful.

Still, not everything debated late Wednesday was defeated. Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, would remove an existing financial penalty for school districts smaller than 300 square miles, which was originally meant to encourage them to consolidate.

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In fiscal 2008, state support of schools' maintenance, operations and facilities jumped to $17.1 billion, or 48.5 percent of combined state and local effort, noted Huberty, a Houston Republican who's the House's top education policy writer.

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